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plane table

1
or plain table

noun

, Surveying.
  1. a drawing board mounted on a tripod, used in the field, with an alidade, for surveying tracts of land.


plane-table

2

[ pleyn-tey-buhl ]

verb (used with or without object)

, plane-ta·bled, plane-ta·bling.
  1. to survey with a plane table.

plane table

noun

  1. a surveying instrument consisting of a drawing board mounted on adjustable legs, and used in the field for plotting measurements directly


verb

  1. to survey (a plot of land) using a plane table
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Word History and Origins

Origin of plane table1

First recorded in 1600–10

Origin of plane table2

First recorded in 1870–75
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Example Sentences

Gujjar Singh, with the plane-table, was detained by bad weather higher up the valley.

Work on the wireless masts went on apace, and the geologist was abroad with his plane-table every day.

Stillwell commenced a contoured plane-table survey of the neighbourhood of Winter Quarters.

The finer ground matter is washed on a plane table, over which a current of water is made to flow.

When the neighbourhood of iron renders the use of the magnet uncertain, a plate or plane table is employed.

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